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July 6, 2011

The Death of Jimmy Roselli

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Jimmy Roselli (1925-2011)

Family and fans say goodbye to a voice of a generation.

March 17, 2011

Rethinking 150 Years

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Garibaldi's cold shoulder.

The living links between Italian unification and Italian emigration.

November 16, 2010

A Tourist Visits Italian in California

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Caffe Trieste, San Francisco, July 2010.

In recognition of co-blogger, Laura Ruberto, who intelligently expounds on West Coast iterations of Italian America, I offer my touristic encounter with things Italian in the Golden State.

June 21, 2010

My Italian American Museum

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Joseph Sciorra
Italian immigrant woman, circa 1925. Schmidt-Lorraine Studios, Chicago.

Entering into a conversation with objects.

March 23, 2010

Visiting 15th Century Italy with my 15-Year-Old Son

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Gaming lessons from the Boot.

January 19, 2010

Real Italians

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra, circa 1980.

A social scientist’s take on guidos, prominenti, and intellectual inquiry.

June 29, 2009

Vittoria Pietropaoli, An Appreciation

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Vittoria Pietropaoli and Francesco Fabbi, returning from a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Santissima Trinità di Vallepietra, circa 1976.

A contadina performer of musica popolare is a constant companion.

September 28, 2008

Backyard Figs from Brooklyn

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra

In which this blogger says nothing more profound than he really, really likes figs.

December 6, 2007


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Dina Gerasia/The Malìa Collective website
La Società di Sant'Anna, Villa Avenue, Bronx, New York, c. 1940.

First post.

August 20, 2008

Sending a Telegram to the Pope

Joseph Sciorra

Power, Humor, and the Triumph of the Lower Bodily Stratum.

August 14, 2008

A digital message in a bottle.

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Roman Bronze Works, Brooklyn, circa 1910

A test of the Internet and's power to connect.

March 24, 2008

An Ex-W.O.P. Casts His Vote

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra

Born in the USA and now an Italian citizen, I’m asked to vote. So, what do I know?

February 10, 2008

Uncovering My Mafia Roots

Joseph Sciorra
The New York Times
Front page story of The New York Times, April 10, 1969.

What do you do when you discover an unsavory fact from your family history?

January 8, 2008

On Visiting My Grandmother’s Grave on the Way to Trader Joe’s

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
St. John’s Cemetery, December 31, 2007

Musings on memory and stories on New Year's Eve.

March 10, 2009

Bologna 1977

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Piccolo Bar, Piazza Verdi, Bologna, April 1977.

Images and sounds from an extraordinary time.